As a worm farmer and “manufacturer” of organic fertilizers, here for the Spring and Summer of 2016 are my organic fertilizer tips for your garden and outdoor plants.
How much fertilizer does my garden need? How much fertilizer a garden needs depends on a lot of factors; soil type, age of soil, amount of new soil or bedding added, crops to be grown etc. Because most people lack the degrees in Botany, Biology and Chemistry and don’t want to take the time or the expense to provide exactly what a plant needs exactly when they need it, there is a SIMPLE SOLUTION… For every 50 square feet of garden you want at 2-5 pounds of worm castings – To that add 1 pound of a balanced soil amendment (organic vitamins and minerals, microbes, and important trace minerals) such as Outdoor Plant Super Food. For $20-$30 you are all set for the season. Nothing to add later on – nothing to remember. One seasons worth of organic fertilizer then you need sun and water! Your plants will grow bigger, fatter, faster, stronger. You will get more flowers and more fruits and vegetables. The best feature… your fruits and vegetables will taste amazing!
Can I mix Organic Fertilizer with Chemical Fertilizers? It is best not to. Chemical Fertilizers tend to kill the microbes that make up the backbone and driving force of healthy soil. It is best to go all organic (or all chemical if you must) because the toxic chemicals used to make chemical fertilizers kill organic fertilizer.
What if I already mixed chemical fertilizer and organic fertilizer? You will still get some of the benefits of the organics and your soil will try to regenerate it’s ecosystem but the chemicals will try to interfere. The good thing about chemical fertilizers is that most of it leaches out of the soil rather quickly (they want you to use more) and so I often recommend a second application – top dressing – each time you water for a couple of weeks.
Do I need specialized fertilizers for each plant or part of the plant growing cycle? NO! The answer may be a YES! if you are running a big business and highly profitable crop where you need to maximize everything, but if you want a great, healthy, tasty crop you want to have healthy soil that properly feeds the plants. The worm castings and Plant Food will do that.
What if I use too much worm castings? Worm castings should never exceed 20% of the soil mix but more won’t hurt anything. Worm castings work best when part of a diverse soil ecosystem; soil, potting mix, worm castings and organic fertilizer mix. Good soil mixes should be 3%-15% worm castings. More is better but even some is good, it just takes far longer for the process to really get fully going.
What if I use too much organic fertilizer? That depends on the fertilizer, but our Outdoor Plant Super Food can not hurt plants, animals or people. I suppose some people may be able to find ways to make anything dangerous, but if used as intended, neither our Outdoor Plant Super Food or our Potted Plant Super Food are dangerous to plants, soil, animals, kids or grownups.